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Fishy field guide hits bookstores

Fishy field guide hits bookstores

A new field guide dedicated to the aquatic residents of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now on bookshelves. 

“Fishes of the Smokies” by debut author Grant Fisher takes readers on a deep dive into the park’s 2,900 miles of rivers and streams. Fisher applied years of research and working experience as an employee of the National Park Service to write the most comprehensive field guide available dedicated to the park’s waters. Intuitively organized and small enough to fit in a pocket, the guide includes detailed photography and key details for each featured species. 

“Through working in the Smokies, I always observed that one of the topics visitors seemed to know the least about, but be quite interested in, was fish,” said Fisher. “I think that most readers will be surprised to learn that the Smokies are home to so many different fish. A casual stroll or drive in the park reveals many small streams, but I believe very few people actually expect them to hold such diversity.”

Edited by Great Smoky Mountains Association Publications Associate Aaron Searcy and published by GSMA, with an introduction by National Park Service Supervisory Fishery Biologist Matt Kulp, the book is the newest addition to GSMA’s popular line of pocket-sized field guides. It is available for $14.95 at park visitor center bookstores or online at

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